A archaeological digging that has been taking place near the port of Ensenada for the last few weeks, has yielded more than 1,000 pieces that are believed to belong to one of the first galleons that crossed the Pacific Ocean between the Philippines and Mexico. Some porcelain plates and other objects, that were manufactured in China in the XVI century, seem to have made it ashore as a consequence of a shipwreck that took place circa 1500.
The Jesuit missionaries, one of the first groups to establish a community in the Baja peninsula in the XVII century, reported at the time the finding of porcelain and wax objects along the shore. These reports were the reason for the current excavation by the Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (National Institute of Anthropology and History) to take place.
But this is not the first digging in the area. The sand dunes that cover some portions of the Ensenada seashore have been studied before, but only a few artifacts had been uncovered. This time, with the use of metal detectors and the help of the Maritime Museum of San Diego, the archaeological investigation is proving fruitful and the discovery of the objects from the sunken galleon is an important step towards uncovering a hidden part of Baja California’s past.
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